This weeks blog comes to us from our guest Bethany at Preventaddiction.info
Anyone who’s ever struggled with a drug or alcohol problem knows that checking yourself into rehab and maintaining sobriety is only half the battle. Getting your life back on track can be even more daunting. But before getting started, it’s important to release the shame of the addiction itself, or it can be impossible to have the confidence and fortitude to move forward. Once you let go of shame, it’s time to focus on repairing your life. Here are the key things that should be on every recovery survivor’s to-do list. (more…)
Despite that fact that substance abuse has been defined as a chronic, relapsing disease, we don’t treat it the same as we do other conditions such as diabetes or obesity. And yet the parallels are clear: Imagine for a moment that you are obese. You’ve struggled with it for years, your family and friends give you a hard time about it, your doctor warns you about it. It’s not clear why this is a problem for you— is it genetics? Behavior? Underlying depression? Why is it that other people can eat as much as they want without gaining weight? Physically speaking, you shouldn’t be overweight and yet you are, despite your best efforts otherwise. It’s costing you your health, your happiness, and taking years off your life. Well consider this: how is drug abuse any different? Food addiction is real, just as alcohol addiction and opiate addiction are real. (more…)
As many of our readers know, I got pretty stirred up earlier this summer when one of our local pharmacies decided to not carry buprenorphine or suboxone products. The pharmacist actually said to me, “these patients never get better and these medications are no better than pain pills. ” (more…)
Today NAD+ is used for a range of health issues. NAD+ is used to alleviate withdrawal from addictive substances like alcohol and opiates. NAD+ creates a calm focus of increased consciousness and awareness. I think everyone who has administered NAD+ regularly has witnessed tremendous improvements in patients with dementia, depression, migraines and chronic pain. We now understand that NAD+ is a fundamental substrate for the enzyme systems ( PARP’s and SIRT’s ) that regulate and repair genes, influence aging, sleep, metabolism, and detoxification. (more…)
Staying healthy at 65 and beyond doesn’t look the same as it did at 25, 35, or 45 years old. Sure, the basics are the same: eat well, exercise, get enough sleep and limit unhealthy vices. But when you’re older, the day-to-day practices grow more nuanced and the stakes inch higher.
You will soon hear about an “amazing” new drug called Lucemyra (Lofexidine). It was just approved (fast tracked even) to treat patients with opioid withdrawal. Wow! This is just what we need, an amazing breakthrough drug that will allow tens of thousands of patients to get off opiates. This is the first non-opiate FDA approved drug to treat opiate withdrawal. This will surely end the opiate epidemic we struggle with today. Right? (more…)
The Rehab Industry Needs Rehab
This past week John Oliver took an in-depth look at the rehab industry. As a former Medical Director for a residential program, I appreciated his critical analysis of the industry. Like all businesses, there are both good and bad players. But when your business model thrives on your customers failing and needing your services again, we need to look critically at their motivation. I can summarize the motivation of the rehab industry; bill insurance as much as possible, for as long as possible. There you go, I said it. This is what I saw when I was a medical director and this is why I’m not doing it anymore. There is fraud, insurance abuse and lack of oversight in this industry. (more…)
Focus on Wellness, not Substance Abuse Treatment
When I originally started my addiction practice, I named my company The Addiction Medicine Group. This seemed like a logical title for a dedicated group of professionals treating substance abuse and at the time it was. The practice was limited to substance abuse treatment. We offered detox, support, and recovery programs primarily for alcohol, opiate and benzodiazepine dependence.